Nature of human being as part of God’s creation (Gen 1:26-30)
- God created human beings in his own image.
- Human beings have the ability to talk to God through prayers.
- Human beings have the ability to communicate with each other.
- Human beings have large complex brain.
- Human beings walk on two legs.
The role of human being as part of God’s creation (Psalms 8:1-6, Gen 1:26, 1:28, 2:15)
- To look after all living things.
- To participate in God’s work of creation.
- To cultivate land and glow food.
How Adam and Eve failed to obey God.
- They ate the forbidden fruit.
Punishment God gave to Adam. (Gen 3:16-19)
- To work hard to produce food.
- To die and become soil in which he was created.
- To have pain while giving birth.
- To be subject of man.
- To crawl on the belly.
- To eat dust.
- The offspring (children) of woman to crash its head.
- To have hostility with woman’s offspring (children)
Consequences/results of Adam’s and Eve’s disobedience
- Embarrassment among people
- Hard work in order to get food.
How people fail to live up God’s standards today
- By failing to respect other people.
- By fighting with others
- By worshiping small gods
- By stealing others people’s property.
- By committing fornication.
- By murdering people.
- By cheating on examinations
- By taking bribes.
God’s plan for salvation
- Salvation means the power to overcome evil.
Steps in God’s plan of salvation
- God calls Abraham.
- God rescues Israelites from Egypt/
- God makes a covenant with Israelites.
- The Israelites reach the promised land.
- God prepares his chosen people/Israelites through leaders and prophets
Fulfillment of God’s plan.
- God fulfilled this plan by sending the savior to die.
Ways in which Jesus is a perfect person
- He loved all people including sinners (Romans 5:6-19)
- He lived prayerful life (Mark 14:32-41)
- He never committed any sin.
- He resisted temptations.
- He aimed at solving problems rather than creating problems.
The Promises of the Holy Spirit (John 16:1-51),
- Jesus promised his disciples a helper.
- The helper was the Holy Spirit.
Why Jesus promised the Holy Spirit (John 16:12-13Cor”2:14, Romans 8:2, 8:26)
- To teach about Jesus.
- To bring people closer to Jesus
- To direct Christians
- To teach Christians how to pray
- To lead Christians to victory over sin.
Fulfillment of the promises (Act 2:1-13)
- His promise was fulfilled on Pentecost day.
- The Holy Spirit appeared to the apostle in Jerusalem.
- They Holy Spirit appeared to the apostle in tongues/flames of fire.
Fruits of the Holy Spirit (Gal 5:22-23)
- New characters we get from the influence of the Holy Spirit.
- Good things the Holy Spirit makes us to get e.g.
Gifts of the Holy Spirit (Corinthians 12:27 & 12:8-10)
- Abilities to do services we get form the influence of the Holy Spirit e.g.
- Faith power to heal.
- Speaking good message.
- Ability to tell the difference between gifts that come from the Holy Spirit in strange tongues.
- Ability to explain what is said.
Symbols of the Holy Spirit (John 1:32, 3:7-8, 1:2-3)
- Strong wind
How the Holy Spirit guides and helps Christians (Luke 4:1, 4)
- Helps chrsitian to choose between right and wrong.
- Helps Christian to over come temptations and sin.
- Helps Christian to live in harmony.
- Helps Christian to know the truth about God.
- Helps Christians to preach the word of God.
Ways of cooperating with the Holy Spirit
- By listening to the advice
- By mediating
- By listening to inner voice.